Invitation: 3rd May 2013, "Renewable Energy Futures to 2050: Current Thinking" by Dr. Eric Martinot

12 p.m to 2 p.m at Conference Room II of the Henry Ford Building, Garystr. 35, 14195 Berlin

 

 

 

 

Friday, May 3, 2013, from 12 p.m to 2 p.m

at Conference Room II of the Henry Ford Building, Garystr. 35, 14195 Berlin

 

Talk on "Renewable Energy Futures to 2050: Current Thinking" by Dr. Eric Martinot who is an internationally recognized scholar, writer, and teacher on the subject of renewable energy.

 

ABSTRACT

 

The REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report provides a pioneering synthesis

of the full range of credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy.

The report is not one scenario or viewpoint, but captures the contemporary

thinking of 170 leading experts from around the world, including CEOs and

parliamentarians, as expressed in face-to-face interviews with the report author.

The report also incorporates the results of 50 recently published and prominent

energy scenarios by a range of organizations. Conservative projections show

15-20% global energy shares from renewables in the long-term to 2030 and

2050, about the same as the current share. High-renewables projections show

shares in the 50-95% range. A range of integration options for electric power

grids, buildings, industry, and transport are possible. Annual investment in

renewable energy rose from $40 billion in 2004 to over $260 billion today,

and several projections reach to $500 billion by 2020 and beyond, from new

sources of finance. Strong future growth in national markets is projected from a

range of policies and targets, with cases for the US, EU, Japan, China, and India.

Projections for global technology markets show cost reductions, technology

evolution possibilities, and multi-fold capacity increases.

 

BIO

 

Dr. Eric Martinot is an internationally recognized scholar, writer, and teacher

on the subject of renewable energy. He is report author of the just-released

REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, and was lead author until 2010

of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, an annual synthesis that he

first created in 2005. He currently serves as senior research director with the

Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Tokyo and teaching fellow with

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He also maintains research

affiliations with the Worldwatch Institute and the Chinese Renewable Energy

Industries Association, and is an editorial board member for the journal Energy

 

Policy. He lived in Beijing for three years as senior visiting scholar at Tsinghua

University, and was formerly a senior energy specialist with the World Bank,

renewable energy program manager with the Global Environment Facility, and

adjunct professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. He has written

70 publications on renewable and sustainable energy since 1990, and holds a

Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley and a

B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.